After giving up a game-tying home run in the top of the eighth inning on Friday night’s game against the Orioles, Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano threw a pitch, looked at his right middle finger, and was taken out of the game. It was reported that his finger went “numb” on the mound, making it impossible for him to find his grip.
Montoyo says that, when he went to the mound to see Romano on Friday night, he said his middle finger had gone numb. #BlueJays— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 29, 2020
This morning, he had an MRI and will be placed on the injured list, according to manager Charlie Montoyo.
Update from Montoyo - Romano had an MRI and #Bluejays waiting results. He's off to the 10 day injury list.— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 29, 2020
Romano, 27, had been having a stellar year out of the Blue Jays’ bullpen, having only given up two earned runs (one of them last night) on eight hits over 14.2 innings.
Sean Reid-Foley, who was optioned yesterday to make room for Daniel Vogelbach, returns to the active roster to fill Romano’s spot.
Left-handed pitcher Thomas Pannone, who was designated for assignment on August 24, passed through waivers and has been outrighted to the Alternate Training Site in Rochester.
Hyun Jin Ryu went to bed last night with a 3.16 ERA and woke up with a 2.92 ERA because of a change to last night’s scoring. In the top of the sixth inning, Ryan Mountcastle hit a groundball fielded by Travis Shaw which was thrown away at first base, causing two runners to score.
Here's the play in question. I personally would not have given a single to Mountcastle, but I don't think it's too unreasonable to say that the play could not have been made with ordinary effort. pic.twitter.com/YLKnJQ4J1Q— Alternate Training Siter (@Minor_Leaguer) August 29, 2020
The play was originally scored as an error on Shaw leading to two unearned runs, but was subsequently changed to an infield hit for Mountcastle leading to two earned runs for Ryu. Overnight, a compromise was reached: Mountcastle retains his hit and one RBI, Shaw was re-credited with an error, and Ryu was assigned just one earned run on the play.
Tonight will be the Blue Jays debut for starter Taijuan Walker. Instead of his newly-assigned #00, he and his teammates will be wearing #42 throughout this weekend in support of the continued efforts to fight against systemic racism. Walker was reportedly a vocal advocate for this cause with the Mariners prior to the trade.
In honour of Jackie Robinson and to continue confronting the issues of systemic racism and discrimination, our team will wear No. 42 again this weekend.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 29, 2020
Jerseys will be auctioned off through @JaysCare, with all proceeds supporting @BlackStnLibrary and @tropicana_comm. pic.twitter.com/3uBNbDiOQ9
Tonight’s starting lineup features Derek Fisher, who hasn’t played since August 4.
- Cavan Biggio - 2B
- Randal Grichuk - CF
- Rowdy Tellez - 1B
- Teoscar Hernández - RF
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - DH
- Travis Shaw - 3B
- Derek Fisher - LF
- Danny Jansen - C
- Joe Panik - SS
First pitch against the Orioles will come at 6:37 pm EDT.